Monthly Archives: October 2013

Mid Atlantic Bigeye Tuna Fishing Video

Here is my latest edit, Episode 4: Mid Atlantic Bigeye Tuna Fishing.  Give it a view and share with anyone who you think would find it cool to watch.  Be sure to watch it in HD!!

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One More Time – Trade In 10/21

With the perfect weather forecast, we decided we had to give it a go one last time offshore for the season on Maureen Klause’s 27′ Contender Trade In.  The ride was perfect all of the way to the SW part of the Baltimore.  We started our day pot hopping on the troll when we saw some birds packed in tight and there were some explosive splashed under them.  I had to speed up the troll to 8 knots to catch up to the school of tunas but once we went through the school we had 3 25 pound class yellowfin tuna on.  We managed to put 2/3 in the boat and got back on the troll again immediately.  We saw them pop up two more times but by the time we got to them they had sounded again.  We worked the area in the blue-green 67.8 degree water for about another 45 minutes and picked up and ran once we were convinced the fish were gone.

We made a 4 mile run down the 100 line until we hit blue 69.5 degree water.  We found a set of lobster pot balls and made a few passes.  Once we saw there were tons of mahi there, we broke out the spinning rods and started bailing dolphin until we had our fill.  Most were small but we managed to get 5 gaffers in the mix.  Catching mahi on spinning tackle right under the boat never gets old.  We got back up on the troll and switched over to targeting wahoo working our way down to the Poormans Canyon.  We had a lull for awhile until we had a blue marlin hammer our shotgun bait (a blue/white 8 ounce Joe Shute with a Baitmasters Select Ballyhoo).  It made one half hearted jump to show her size then the hook pulled.  I cannot seem to have one stay stuck this year.  I have had plenty of shots, but 2013 is the cursed year of the blue marlin for me.  Oh well, we had a lot of fun today.  The addition of a blue marlin release would have been great, but it was a beautiful day on the Atlantic Ocean.

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Late Season Offshore 10/19

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Ran out on the Trade In and it was an absolutely beautiful flat calm ride out.  I haven’t had one of those in awhile so it was great, especially since we were on the center console.  Unfortunately it didn’t last as we were met with a 15 knot SE wind that gave us a 3-6′ chop all day. We started out in the SW corner of the Baltimore and were able to pick some nice dolphin off of the pots at we trolled by a few of them.  We also managed to get two half hearted bites from white marlin, but unfortunately they never came back looking for more.  Action was kind of slow and the water was blue-green and 69 degrees which wasn’t what I was looking for, so we pushed down the line.

Once we got about a mile down the line we hit the break.  The water was 70.5 degrees with scattered weed and blue as could be. We had a triple of wahoo bites in 450′ of water in this area, but only one came tight.  Steve was on his first ever wahoo, and we knew it was a nice one since it came crashing out of the water after the bite.  After a solid 20 minute battle, we had a nice 70# wahoo on the deck.  We came back around and got hooked into another wahoo that took a screaming run and unfortunately we pulled the hook.  We worked the area a little longer, but the bait disappeared so we put the tuna spread back out and headed back out to 100-120 fathoms looking for longfin tuna, and sure enough, we found some bait and had a school of longfins come up.  We wound up having 2 out of 7 bites stay glued and got both of them in the boat.  We pounded the area hard after that, but could not get  another bite.

We pushed back inshore towards home and had a couple of mystery bites and another wahoo bite, but just could not come tight.  It was a frustrating day as far as our hookup ratio goes, but overall it was fun and we had solid action throughout the day, so I really can’t complain.  Congratulations to Steve on his first wahoo and his first longfin tuna.

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10/17 Second Try

Went out on the Trade In again looking for sharks on very light line.  It turned out to be an interesting day.  We were headed towards the general area just above the Elephant Trunk.  We hit the break from Green 64.5 degree to Blue-Green 67.2 degree water.  We setup on the drift here and had absolutely no drift because it was so calm, s we trolled a bit but didn’t see much except for a free jumping Mako.  Since it was slow inside and flat calm, we decided to run out to the Wilmington so we could tilefish while we were shark fishing.

We spent the afternoon picking at tilefish and we caught and released 2 blue sharks, one of which was tagged, and we were able to manage grabbing the tag before the release.  We had a lot of life in the 70.2 degree blue water and towards the end of our day I started marking at least what I thought was tuna under the boat.  We tried jigging but never could get a bite.  While we were cleaning up we saw the yellowfin tuna come up under the boat and start jumping out of the water, it was wild.  Unfortunately all we had was mackerel and they wouldn’t take a piece of it.  As they disappeared, we had a huge school of small mahi show up and we were able to get them to take a hook.  We spent about 20 minutes catching one after another until we had our fill.  Pretty good trip with the crazy action at the end of the day.

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10/16 Shark Try

Ran out on the Trade In today out of GE Inlet to line class fish for Makos.  It was overcast and in the low 60s all day with wind out of the NE at a steady 10-15.  Needless to say, it was a bumpy ride so we started at a trench near the 20 line.  The water was green and 64.5 degrees all day, and void of life.  After  solid NE blow after a week, it was nice to get back out again.  Our first drift was for 2 hours and produced nothing, so we rest and made another drift over some structure near the 28 mile wreck area and put in some time there, but no action.  Trying again tomorrow.

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White Marlin Video

Here is a little video Justin Brown put together from what he got on his GoPro Cameras while we were white marlin fishing on the 52′ Ocean, Saltitude, this past September.  CLICK the LINK BELOW to WATCH…

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6FBWl2Rv7mlenJEeDNOdXJxdWM/edit?usp=drive_web

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Take 3 on the Trade In

For my third trip this week we sprinted down to the Washington Canyon to get the 2pm til dark bite.  We arrived at 1:45 and from radio chatter it was dead there all day as it has been, and I thought, “Great, we didn’t miss anything.”  We got on the chunk and it was slowwww.  A few boats started to pick at the yellowfin tuna around 3:30pm but it never got red hot.  We finally got our bites all at 5:30pm and had a triple header and got all three in the boat.  The fish were right with the pilot whales, trouble was the whales were scattered throughout the canyon and most pods had no fish.  We managed to get one more bite but it swallowed the hook and the teeth sliced right through the 25# fluorocarbon.  Once nightfall set in we headed for home.  Unfortunately it seems like the yellowfin tuna bite is finally coming to a close…

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Tunas Tunas Tunas

October 1-2
I captained the 52′ Ocean Yacht, Saltitude, with Jody, Jason, and Charlie, along with Spencer as my mate for an overnighter down to where the yellowfin tuna have been living all season. We had a minor issue on our first attempt out the inlet, but J&T was quick to solve the problem so we were out of there by 1130 am. We made it by a little after 3 and started chunking right away and got into a few 20-30 pound tunas. The fish we thick under the pilot whales. After we had a few in the box we hooked into a white marlin on the chunk that Jason fought for a while before we got the release on his first white marlin!

Once we released the white we got back to chunking and then it was nonstop mayhem until the sun disappeared. Bonita and yellowfins we eating out baits every drop on the free floating lines. Bonita chunks turned out to be our best bait, but everything was eaten as long as it was on light line. We wound up with a 14 yellowfins in the box.

Once the sun set the wind came up and made for a long choppy night. We targeted swords and makos, but overnight action was slow and we released two small makos and a hammerhead. We also had one sword bite that just didn’t come tight. As the sun came up we cleaned up and got on the troll looking for white marlin. We wound up picking up 7 dolphin on the troll before we called it an AWESOME trip and headed home.

October 3rd
Today I ran the ‘Fin Addict’ with Spencer as my mate again. We went right back to where the action was. It was flat calm all the way there and we started fishing around 730 am. We hoped we could pick at some fish throughout the day, but it just never developed for us.’we hopped from pot to pot looking for dolphin to break up the monotony mid day, but they were already picked over by the outboard boats.

Finally around 2 pm we got our first bite and got a yellowfin in the boat. Then we had tunas eating our chunks right under the boat and it was déjà vu of last trip. We managed to put 4 fish in the boat in that melee, but it ended. We reset our drift but couldn’t manage to repeat the action. We spent the rest of the evening picking at yellowfin here and there and we wound up putting 8 yellowfin tuna in the boat that ranged from 20-40 pounds. The scenario was the same as far as the use of light leader, and the fish were not picky about what they ate. Another fun day whacking some tunas!!!

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